Archive for September, 2011

36 Christian Ways To Reduce Stress

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No, to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.,

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough exercise.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you, Jesus!”

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work ser iously, but yourself not at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Have A Happy Day!

God Will Make A Way

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am the Lord, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator and King.
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters,
making a dry path through the sea.
I called forth the mighty army of Egypt
with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.

But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

–          Isaiah 43:15-19

How many times have you looked to your left and right crying out to God because both ways appeared to be a dead end?  I come to tell you that you serve a God who is able to make a way out of no way!

Background Information

The scripture above makes reference to Moses, the children of Israel and the parting of the red sea.  According to scripture, as Pharaoh and his army encamped the children of Israel at the red sea, the children of Israel begin to cry unto the Lord and said to Moses:

“Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Following this, Moses, as instructed by the Lord, stretched out his hands over the red sea.  In obedience, the water was divided and the children of Israel went into the sea on dry ground with the waters being a wall to them on their left and right hand.

Long story short, they were able to cross the red sea while Pharaohs chariots and horsemen perished in it.  As a result, Israel saw the great power of the Lord.

God WILL Make a Way

As we look at Isaiah 43:15-19, we see God mentioning how He opened a way through the red sea for the children of Israel.  Though we get excited about the parting of the red sea…I encourage you to look at it from the children of Israel prospective.

Here you are at this sea.  You look ahead; all you see is a body of water.  You look behind; all you see is Pharaoh and his chariot coming after you.  You cry out to God as it appears as if He’s brought you here to die.  Your back is against the wall and you have nowhere to go.

For some of you, this passage explains your situation.  However, I encourage you today! God has not brought you this far just to leave you stranded.  He hasn’t brought you here just to abandon you.  God will make a way out of no way!

It wasn’t until Moses moved forward and used what he had (a staff) until God added his super to Moses natural and parted the sea.  I encourage you to use what God has given you and watch God add His super to your natural.  What has God given you?  His word that shall never fail; your mouth that shall declare the word of the Lord over your life; promises; visions; and a faith that shall move mountains!

So I say to you as God said to Moses, “why do you cry? Move forward”.  Move forward in your walk with God…move forward in your faith!

What God has in store for you doesn’t even compare to what we read God doing for the children of Israel here in Exodus 15.  For God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

Jesus, A Waymaker: Finial Words

God will do a new thing in your life NOW! Not next week, next month or next year…NOW! Now God will do a new thing!  The Lord will make a way in hard times, in the wilderness and in what appears to be thee impossible!

Be encouraged and trust God!  If God brought you to it, then He’ll bring you through it just as He did with the children of Israel!  He hasn’t brought you this far just to leave you.  God will make a way out of no way NOW!  Do you not see it?  Has it not already begun?

Be blessed and encouraged in Jesus name; Amen!